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Givens Hot Springs

11309 Highway 78, Givens Hot Springs, ID 83641
(208) 495-2000
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Ranked #275 of 341 attractions in Idaho
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Description: This historic site is currently a spring heated swimming pool with camping and cabins. It's less than an hour outside of Boise, ID
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Sacramento, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This popular type hot spa is looked forward to by nearly everyone, so passing through we chose to stop the night in our RV. We noticed that the building is now being changed into a tropical tree growing venue as coming down through the roof, was a very large branch which in the future will be a very good bungy... More

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Boise, Idaho
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Historic yes; in the way of needing a major overhaul. Filthy, run down and smell as if your swimming in urine.

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Nadine G, Co-Owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

I'm sorry your visit wasn't all you had hoped it to be. As for the building needing a "major overhaul," we are constantly overhauling. There is always something on a 62-year-old building that needs attention; especially one in a humid environment. Every year we finish major projects, but as I've mentioned in other responses, we do them as time and... More

Boise, Idaho, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Love the hot spring water but the facilities are run down. I understand that it is a historic site but there was quite a bit junk lying around the grounds and the inside seemed to have some mold growing. The gentleman at the front check in was very kind. I wanted to like this place better, I just feel that... More

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Nadine G, Co-owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit; and for the review, which allows to address some issues. We appreciate your "wanting to like the place better," and hope you'll try us again another time. As for a good "overall cleaning," we do that on a regular basis. We vacuum the pool a couple times a week--more if needed. The water is constantly... More

Largo, Florida, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I was at Givens Hot Springs outside Murphy, ID. several times during my time in Boise, ID. in the 1990's. It's a wonderful little jewel, hidden behind some cottonwood trees, near the Snake River. There is a huge Olympic-sized swimming pool that is geothermally heated, plus there are private individual rooms where you can soak in the sunken tubs with... More

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Nadine G, Co-owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughtful review, Angie, and we're glad you've enjoyed your visits here! We feel truly blessed to be stewards over this wonderful Idaho geothermal water, and the beautiful Owyhee county setting in which it's located. The two most gratifying aspects of both for us are the enjoyment of families and others who come for recreation and entertainment,... More

Caldwell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We went today, wonderful customer service, the older gentleman behind the counter was very nice. It is a place lost in time, which makes it wonderful, kid friendly, and no over crowding. I read these reviews and I cannot help but wonder if these people realize this is a very old place, historic, and was not meant to be a... More

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Nadine G, Co-owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your positive review! It's very gratifying when people "get" what we're all about, and who enjoy us for what we are. Especially satisfying for us is the number of people who are 2nd, 3rd, 4th and even 5th generation visitors here. Many are delighted to find a place still operating that they enjoyed... More

Boise, Idaho, United States
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We recently held a family reunion here. I'm pretty sure the words "customer service" are not part of the philosophy or vocabulary there. We paid to rent the shelter because it offered A/C (and in 100+ degree heat, we thought that would be great) but there was an issue with the unit and it didn't seem to be a priority.... More

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Nadine G, Co-owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

Here's my husband's response to this review. I was out of town at the time. "The manager/owner was indeed grumpy. It started when I came out and saw a motor home parked at a 45' angle, taking up 3 spaces. They moved it but left it parked 20 feet out into the drive way. Finally they moved it into a... More

Layton, Utah
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I stopped by here for a quick dip in the pool and really enjoyed my visit. I would rate it higher if I didn't know that others would be turned off by some issues. I didn't camp, so I'm only focusing on the pool. The dressing room/shower room was infested with spiders. A spider in just about every corner, some... More

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Nadine G, Co-owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your positive comments! As for the spider issue, you're absolutely right about the beneficial aspects. And as we point out, we're not in downtown Boise; we're in the middle of the desert, which is their home. In order to avoid introducing spider-killing chemicals into the pool, we do frequent "spider patrols," in spite of... More

Shelton, Washington
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148 reviews 148 reviews
66 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We arrived around 11 am but they let us in anyway with the seniors and kids training in the one large pool. It is a large covered pool with warm mineral water with no sulfur smell. Has changing rooms and bathrooms with a small towel rental if you don't bring your own. Very cheap! Lots of great rv/tent spaces but... More

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Nadine G, Co-owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to write a review! The water is definitely our greatest asset, along with the beautiful lawns and trees, but the cabins also get lots of positive feedback. But opinions are subjective. Occasionally people walk into them and turn up their noses, but the majority come in with comments like, "Oh,... More

Kuna, Idaho
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We sure love this place, Nadine and Steve make you feel like family, Kerry was a sweet heart always smiling. We love the pool the water was the perfect temperature, they had an electrical adapter that they let us borrow for our visit, (note to self, remember a 220 to 110 adapter for next visit). The fire pits are deep... More

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Nadine G, Co-owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks Deana and Kelly. We enjoyed your visit and know the Seniors did, too. You kept them, and us, well-entertained. :) You had marshmallows without us? Next time we expect s'mores. (Let us know ahead and we'll provide the graham crackers and chocolate.) More

Seattle, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

A oasis in the desert. The grounds are covered in lush grass surrounded by shade trees. After riding 400 miles mostly through desert this was a nice place to cool down then enjoy the hot spring pool. The water is extremely soft and leaves your skin feeling great the next day. These springs have much history behind them and the... More

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Nadine G, Co-owner at Givens Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks, "bigalsnow", for your stop at our place and the nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay. It was delightful visiting with you - someone who is into history, and who "gets" what we're all about here. Hope you enjoy the remainder of your travels, and come see us again sometime. Nadine Givens More

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